Date of Award

8-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Employment and Labor Relations

First Advisor

David Piper, Ed.D.

Second Advisor

Dr. Scott E. Decker

Third Advisor

Michael T. Korns, Ph.D.

Abstract

A qualitative analysis of challenges facing expatriate workers coming to the United States was a study that examined the relationship between work, interactive, and general adjustment in relation to job performance for foreigners on cross-cultural assignment to the United States Participants in this study were purposefully selected and were made up of fifteen foreign expatriates currently on assignment for an average period of two years to the United States. Data for this study was collected by conducting semi-structured face to face interviews with each of the participants. Based on the in-depth description of the experiences of the challenges faced by the foreign expatriates who participated in this study, six main themes emerged: support, Language ability, Adjustment process, cultural difference, knowledge of environment, and openness. These themes were discovered to influence the process of work adjustment, general adjustment and interactive adjustment of expatriate while on international assignment to the United States.

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